We recently visited Richmond, a suburban town southwest London. Richmond was on our radar since before we moved here, because we contemplated staying here in the beginning. We decided not to because we had never been here and wasn’t sure if we would like it. But after our day visit, we now know we surely would! Perhaps on a future return we may consider living in Richmond.
Richmond really isn’t that far away from central London, but it is cleaner and more low-key. The vibe is totally different and suits our pace better. The town also meanders along the Thames River and has various walking trails around the river, park and town. The reason for our visit was to not only scope out the place but to walk the many trails it has to offer, as well as visit Richmond Park. The Kew Garden, the big botanical garden, in Richmond is another reason for many visitors to flock here, but we skipped it, wanting to discover Richmond on a broader scale. Spending time at the Kew would require most of the day.
The highlight of our visit was walking through Richmond Park and seeing the wild deers roam freely. After visiting town center for food, we did some sightseeing along the way as we walked to Richmond Park. Spending time at the park can be an all day thing, but we limited our time to three hours before walking back to do some shopping in town center and heading back for dinner in London.
The Wild Deers at Richmond Park
Richmond is worth a visit for those wanting a break from the hustle and bustle of London. It’s more peaceful, less crowded, and it feels like nature and city combined. We definitely enjoyed our day here.